What’s Been Watched This Month – August 2019

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Here’s what the ole Wolfensteiner had been watching in August 2019.

Oh no! This has to be one of my most measly selection of watched films since I started this blog. It’s has been a big month though. Nyah’s A Level results and Kofi’s GCSEs both coming in a week apart. Both doing us extremely proud. All in all it seemed a busier month and found less time for the beloved movies and TV.

Did watch Dave Chappelle’s new Netflix stand up set Sticks and Stones last night. Wow he certainly opened a can of whoop ass on the world. I loved it but only watch if you like your comedy on the dark side of the tracks and don’t have an “offended” button set ready to push. You have been warned.

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11 films this month and a total of 153 this year
645 since the start of the blog in January 2017.

Cry of the City (1948) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.3
Victor Mature and Richard Conte are perfect in this especially thrilling noir. It kind of reminded me of Heat with Deniro and Pacino. The wonderful Hope Emerson does steal the show in a little part. So wanted to do post on this one as it’s just so good. But wait Maddy has done a perfect write up on her movie site Maddy Loves Her Classics. Check it out.

Dollman (1991) – Wolfman Rating 5 – IMDB Rating 5.4
Yeah it might be a little on the bad side but there’s no denying this cult sci-fi starring Tim Thomerson and Jackie Earle Haley isn’t a fun watch. Even if it’s just to see how a little man runs around the “Bronx”!. I did a post if you want to know more at Wolfman’s Write Up Here

Under Fire (1983) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7
Three journalists Nick Nolte, Gene Hackman and Joanna Cassidy are caught up in the Nicaraguan Revolution whilst messing around in a nooky love triangle. It’s a very good film. Sits in well with Missing (1982) and maybe Off Limits (1988).

They Made Me a Fugitive (1947) – Wolfman Rating 8.5- IMDB Rating 7.3
Also known as I Became a Criminal. This is such a fun British gangster movie starring Trevor Howard and Sally Gray. You can read about it on my Wolfman’s write up here.

The Eagle Has Landed (1976) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 6.9
Got to watch this again after such a long time of first seeing it in my teens. Amazing to remember scenes and at the same time realise I’d got simular war films from the same era slightly mixed up. It has its flaws, still I really enjoyed re-watching it. Pop on over to Jay’s amazing write up on his movie site Cinema Essentials

Ip Man (2008) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 8
Really enjoyable watch with my son. Donnie Yen was superb with his expect fighting skills. Wasn’t quite as good as the hype I thought but still great to have finally seen it.

Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.6
This film was superb. I will definitely be watching this one again. Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney and Gary Merrill ramp up this thrilling noir. Here my Wolfie Write Up Here

Con Air (1997) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 6.9
It was pizza and action film night. You can’t really beat late 90’s action blockbusting thrills like this. A crazy gang of evil prisoners played by an incredible cast of actors. Then there’s Nicolas Cage fulfilling a million memes a second. It’s just a pure riot. Everyone enjoyed this ride into mayhem.

Shoot to Kill (1988) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.8
Sidney Poitier, a bear and a moody Tom Berenger run through the woods after a murderer. It’s fast paced, action packed and pretty funny at times. You can check my write up if you wish at Wolfman’s Write Up Here

The Small Back Room (1949) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.3
Also so known as Hour Of Glory. This is WW2 with lots of underlying topics running through it. Addiction, love, politics, bomb disposal etc. It’s rather superb. You can read what I thought over here Wolfman’s Write Up Here

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 8.1
Damn man I loved this film so f-ing much. I’d managed to stay away from everything. I sat there in total awe. Totally mesmerised by Leo’s Rick Dalton. The guy just delivered so many incredible scenes. The little touches with his mannerisms blew me away. That slight stutter and the weary look on his face. His actors trailer cabin freak out with his booze addiction, the interaction with the little girl, again showing is own insecurities in his career were heart touching and amazing. Loved his totally fxcked up face in the bowl of ice chatting with Sam Wanamaker whilst coughing and choking with a crippling mega hangover. That scene when he gets his lines wrong and you get to see the camera pan back round to it first position as he psyched himself to go again was another perfect moment. The Bruce Lee scene was so funny. Mike Moh mirrored Bruce to a tee. I thought so much of this Quentin Tarantino love letter to the innocence of acting and Hollywood was perfect. I could watch it over and over.

Brad was incredible too and loved and felt their friendship and who couldn’t love Brandy? hehe. Only QT could get a perfect scene of dog food falling out of a tin!
Bittersweet to see Luke Perry in his final role. And how good to see Al Pacino in, at last, a great role again. Yeah it was a small part but has upped my excitement for the The Irishman coming soon.

Could of sat there for another two hours. The homage to cinema, the music choices, the TV programs, adverts. Oh my we were spoilt rotten. The set designs, none more so that those twilight drives down the strip with all the big lights big city of the era. I loved the Hollywood history and the QT play on history. For me it was quite perfect. I really can’t wait to see it again. Was totally buzzing and I’m still buzzing. I had it at as a strong 9 but it’s not left my mind so had to bump it up one notch. LOVED IT

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I need to up my film watching game next month!

Any goodies in there you have seen and liked? Thoughts, recommends etc always welcome if you fancy too.

Keep watching the screens. Thanks for having a look to see what’s been watched. All the best……… The howling one, Mikey

14 thoughts on “What’s Been Watched This Month – August 2019

  1. Hey Howler! A couple of cool noir films in that list…I’ve seen them both, and agree with your take on both! And I was going to see ‘Once Upon a Time…’, but I was shocked to find out that a) my next-door multiplex was NOT playing it on either of their biggest screens, and b) it wasn’t playing at the giant-screen theater in Scottsdale, either. So I said hell with it, and decided to watch it when it came out on Blu-ray (I haven’t been to a theatrical film since March…I’ve basically given up).

    But I did see some behind-the-scenes photos of a ‘Once Upon a Time…’ scene, and did you notice the advertisements for ‘The Invaders’ on KHJ-TV in LA? If I remember right, one was on the seat back of a bus stop bench. Funny that THAT’S what I’m most looking forward to seeing when I finally watch the movie!

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    • Oh man that sucks BIG TIME that the films now moved on to the smaller screens. It’s really amazing to watch it on the big screen because of it’s cinema content but TBH if you got a big telly and a good sound system and above all a comfy couch, you be all good to roll at home. Yeah I don’t go to the cinema as much nowadays. Unfortunately it wasn’t on the biggest screen here either though I was a week late.

      Mate you spotted it too. The Invaders. I hadn’t seen the trailer but when it came on the screen I gave a little delighted smile. How perfect a little tiny touch like that can bring so much joy. There’s so many little moments like that. You gonna love it so much Todd. Let me know when you do see it. Be great to chat about it.

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    • My bad on Ip Man. Me and my boy were ready to watch Ong-Bak on DVD. Dinner cooked ready to go and the blooming DVD won’t play. So quickly jump to Ip Man with not reading it was a biopic. There I was waiting for the Donnie to get all the masters together, including the naughty pirate one, and kick six bells of shit out of the invading Japanese. Nice touch at the end finding out he’d taught Bruce. I see there’s 3 or 4 sequels. Will investigate.

      I hear there’s rumors of a 4 hr cut of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood possibly coming to Netflix!

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  2. Sounds like you had a good month of viewing. Appreciate the link back to my Cry Of The City piece, many thanks for that. Congratulations to the wolf cubs on their results.

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  3. I like how Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood is an ad for checking out Sharon Tate’s movies. A lot has been said that her character is underwritten with not enough lines compared to Leo and Pitt but Tarantino did sort of bring her movies back into the limelight which is commendable.
    I assume that isn’t a remake of Con Air 😉 I noticed Cry of the City (1948) is on Youtube so I might check that out.

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    • I’ve seen Valley Of The Dolls in my early 20s and have always wanted to see The Fearless Vampire Hunters. The Wrecking Crew did look a right laugh on the clips and would fit in well with Deadlier Than The Male.
      I didn’t really feel that her character was underwritten myself personally. I like the fact it’s really all the Dalton show and she’s just a character in the background that becomes a different destiny for Dalton. Her going to the cinema was perfectly enough for me. I liked the fact that Manson didn’t need to be in it apart from that little appearance. ……. Cry of the City is ace Chris. and please tell me there’s not a Con Air remake anytime time soon!!!!! Argghh

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  4. I think I liked Under Fire (1983) a bit more than you did, but we agree that Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) and Cry of the City (1948) are wonderful noirs. I can’t wait to watch Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019)! 🙂

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    • TBH I was a little bored with it. I didn’t really care to much for the love triangle. Thought the end bit with Hackman was filmed extremely well. Did love seeing Zhora in a big role. She has a certain confident beauty. When I saw the cast I couldn’t wait to see Ed Harris! I know you’re not meant to like him but it just seemed weird him popping up and being right dodgy. I did enjoy it but wasn’t as invested as I’d liked to have been.
      Duuuuuuuuude I’m sure you’ll gonna LOVE “OUATI-Hollywood” A film lovers dream.

      PS struggling with time but will catch up with your reviews soon 🙂

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        • Thanks buddy. My list system comes in handy at last haha. Yes I watched Salvador in April 2017 and I went for a strong 7. Really good film. One really horrific dark moment I remember. Hard not to forget that unfortunately. Actually there was lots of crazy moments. James Woods is always great to watch on screen.

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